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Former Chief Fire Officer of the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, Steve Apter, has now left his role at London Fire Brigade and is heading back to the South Coast, taking up the position of Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Hampshire.

Steve joined London Fire Brigade at the end of 2016 as Deputy Commissioner and Director of Safety and Assurance. During his time in the capital he led the strategic response to the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack and the strategic arrangements supporting the response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, which claimed the lives of 72 people.

His new role as Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service – which includes the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Services – will see him returning to his roots, as he joined the Island’s fire service as a retained firefighter at Shanklin in 1990, rising through the ranks to become Chief Fire Officer in 2011.

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It’s a big year for Steve as not only is he starting a new role, it’s also his 25th anniversary with wife Andrea, his daughters turn 21 and 18 and his son starts secondary school.

Speaking about his departure from LFB, Steve has said:

“I will massively miss London Fire Brigade – I’ve loved every minute of my time here. The sense of pride of serving the capital is huge, it’s uniquely special and I would like to say thank you to everyone at the Brigade and to people across London who have welcomed me”.

DCFO Apter returns to Hampshire on Monday.

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